Point 797 to Tapokopoko MF
Wed 13th April
This trip was a repeat of one led by Peter Reimann in December 2013. Eight members left the Catchpool car park at 8.10am and followed the Orongorongo Track to the river. After crossing the river and making a quick stop at Waerenga Hut, the group climbed the steep spur behind the hut on the true left (south side) of Browns Stream. Although the spur is reasonably easy to follow, overnight rain meant that the bush was wet. After stopping for morning tea, we continued climbing till we reached point 797 on the main range.
The route south from here along the main ridge started with a tough push through dense scrub. Once past here, the going varied from reasonably easy foot pad to tight scrub infested with bush lawyer. Some points along the way offered great views to the west of Wellington Harbour and City, others views to the east of Lake Onoke and Palliser Bay. By the time the group reached the summit of Tapokopoko at 1.05 pm, everyone was wet and cold from pushing through shoulder-high vegetation, despite there having been very little rain. Lunch was taken on Tapokopoko.
Heading down from Tapokopoko, a team effort kept us on the route marked with white markers and blue tape until we reached the Orongorongo River at the mouth of Greens Stream, just north of Paua Hut. By this time everyone had warmed up and largely dried out. Afternoon tea was taken here in sunshine before we crossed the river and climbed up Browns Track to Cattle Ridge and then down to the Orongorongo Track, then back to Catchpool, arriving at 4.55 pm.
The trip took 8hrs 4mins, and covered 17.1km.
- Party members
- Tony Black, Robin Chesterfield, Gerald Leather, Paul McCredie, Peggy Munn, Bob Stephens, Lynne White, Warwick Wright (leader, scribe and photographer)